Holy Sh*t A Brief History of Swearing

ISBN-10: 0199742677

ISBN-13: 9780199742677

Edition: 2013

Authors: Melissa Mohr

List price: $24.95 Buy it from $8.38
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy

Description:

Swearing is a fascinating thing. Almost everyone does it, or worries about not doing it, from the two year old who has just discovered the power of the potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why every other word she hears is obscene. But more than its cultural ubiquity, swearing is alsointeresting for what it tells us about language and society, today and in the past. It is a record of what people care about on the deepest levels of a culture - what's divine, what's terrifying, and what's taboo. Holy Sh*t tells the story of two kinds of swearing - obscenities and oaths - from ancient Rome and the Bible to today. With humor and insight, Melissa Mohr takes readers on a journey to discover how "swearing" has come to include both testifying to the truth with your hand on the Bible and callingsomeone a *#$and!* when they cut you off on the highway. Mohr explores obscenities in ancient Rome - remarkably similar to some of the things you might hear on the street today - and unearths the history of religious oaths in the Middle Ages, when swearing was a matter of life and death. Holy Sh*talso explains the advancement of civility and corresponding censorship of language in the 18th century; considers the rise of racial slurs after World War II; and answers a question that preoccupies the FCC, the U.S. Senate, and anyone who has overheard little kids at a playground recently - are weswearing more now than people did in the past? A gem of lexicography and cultural history, Holy Sh*t is a serious exploration of obscenity - and might just expand your repertoire of words to choose from the next time you shut your finger in the car door.
New Starting from $20.12
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
coins
coins
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
SQL Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
MS Excel® 2010 Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
MS Word® 2010 Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
MS PowerPoint® 2010 Online content $4.95 $1.99
Customers also bought
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading

Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 5/8/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
To Speak with Roman Plainness: Ancient Rome
On Earth as It Is in Heaven: The Bible
Swearing God to Pieces: The Middle Ages
The Rise of Obscenity: The Renaissance
The Age of Euphemism: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
"Fuck 'Em All": Swearing in the Twentieth Century and Beyond
Epilogue
Notes
Credits
Index
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.

×